Book News

Here’s some book and writing happenings:

The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club’s Women in the Arts Program proudly presents a conversation with Carolyn See
Writer and novelist Carolyn See will give an intimate afternoon talk on the subject of memoir and family history at the historic Santa Monica Bay Women’s Clubhouse, Sunday March 28th at 4:00 pm. A Los Angeles native, Ms. See is the author of seven novels, including Golden Days and There Will Never be Another You, as well as two memoirs. Her awards include the prestigious Robert Kirsch Body of Work Award (1993) and a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction. Currently, she is working on a new memoir entitled The Very Rich Hours about getting old in an extended family. Proceeds from the event will benefit the WOMEN IN THE ARTS Program Fund of the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club and the Santa Monica non-profit Daybreak, a project of OPCC.A selection of Ms. See’s books will be on sale courtesy of Village Books of the Pacific Palisades. Tickets are 10 dollars cash at the door, subject to availability. They can also be purchased in advance for 8 dollars by visiting our website or in person at the Club between 9:30-11:30 a.m., M-Fr. (310) 395-1308. National Library Week is April 11-17. Their theme this year is “communities thrive @ your library.” This might be a great time to get involved and see if you can help with their community events and get to know them better.

First Annual My Book Therapy writing contest, the Frasier, is now accepting entries!My Book Therapy believes in helping unpublished novelists find their voice! And that’s why we designed the Frasier contest — a contest aimed at helping you get your novel published. With feedback and recognition for the finalists in the industry, the Frasier is about helping you reaching your publishing dreams — especially since the grand prize is a scholarship to one of the My Book Therapy’s intimate yet intensive writing retreats. ($500 value). What is the Frasier? A great story is comprised of the same elements – a great hook, storyworld, a compelling inciting incident, a sympathetic characters, stakes that matter and a strong voice. The Frasier is designed to pick out the best of the best – no categories, just storytelling. Using the elements of a great book that we’ve blogged about at MBT over the past few years, the Frasier award will go to the story, regardless of genre, that best captures the reader. Finalists will be announced June 1st. The winner will be announced at the annual MBT Pizza Party (at the 2010 ACFW Conference in Indianapolis, IN)

Tearing Down the Walls Promotion

In honor of Stephen’s achievement, and all aspiring writers, Sourcebooks has decided to tear down the walls that keep writers from honest and helpful feedback about their work from the publishing industry. That means: no more form letters, but an actual critique of your submission from an agent or publishing companyHow Does It Work?1. Purchase a copy of Publish This Book, Stephen Markley.2. Between March 9, 2010 and May 9, 2010 submit your proposal along with a proof of purchase (receipt, order confirmation, etc.) via the form below or by email at 3. Wait 2-6 months (While you’re waiting, why not read your new copy of Publish This Book? It’s amazing.)4. Receive a 2-4 paragraph critique of your submission.